Immovable properties in State to be resurveyed

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srinivasa prasadBangalore, Dec 30, 2013, DHNS :  The State government has decided to take up resurvey of all immovable properties in the State, excluding in municipal areas, and allot new survey numbers, Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after conducting a day-long review meeting of the department, he said the department would issue new Record of Rights, Tenancy and Crops Inspection (RTC) after resurveying the land. Resurvey, which is planned to be launched in about two months, includes forest land. However, municipal lands like properties located in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits and other urban local bodies’ limits, are not included in the project, he said.

Resurvey will be done under the Centre’s National Land Records Modernisation programme. The Centre bears 50 per cent of the cost of land modernisation projects taken up by the state governments. The exercise is estimated to cost about Rs 600 crore. The entire project is expected to be completed in two years’ time, the minister said.

Asked whether disputed properties too would be resurveyed, he said the department would carefully sift through the documents of such properties and examine the judgements of various courts before allotting new survey numbers. But he did not clarify whether the project included those lands that are under dispute between the Revenue and the Forest departments, especially those located on the fringes of forest areas. Prasad said the department had already started making preparations to take up the project. If necessary, a part of the resurvey work will be outsourced to private agencies.

Simplifying procedure

The minister said the department had decided to simplify rules for issuing income and caste certificates. Accordingly, those seeking certificates do not have to file an affidavit issued by notaries, but instead produce self-drafted affidavit or declaration forms. The simplified rules will come into effect shortly, he added.

He said he had directed officials to set right anomalies pertaining to RTC and mutation within three months.

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